Research Finance Analyst - San Francisco

University of California
San Francisco
14 Oct 2019
25 Oct 2019
Contract type
Full time
Job Summary

Involves providing analytical and financial support in contract and grant administration including post–award fund management and closeout activities for federal, state, local and private sponsors. Involves activities associated with forecasting, planning and managing of research portfolios by performing the following: administering and monitoring contract and grant awards, including compliance with regulations, terms and conditions; financial management and reporting; and subcontract administration. Serves as the faculty's single point of contact for research financial issues and ensures that faculty are provided with high quality, efficient, responsive, and responsible post–award research administration services.

Uses skills as a seasoned, experienced administrator to independently manage the financial and post–award components of research, awards and transactions related to contract and grant management and maintains contract and grant records in compliance with institutional research sponsor policies. Work on proposals and awards of diverse scope where analysis of data requires thorough understanding of complex regulations. Completes and approves transactions for signature by manager or other authorized institutional official. Works on complex proposals and awards that may involve multiple investigators and / or multiple sub awards. Guides less experienced staff Typically manages complex grants / and contracts which require task budgets, option years, multiple investigators and multiple sub awards.

The Department of Medicine (DOM), the largest department in the School of Medicine, has close to 600 full–time faculty leading top–notch research, clinical, and education programs. The Department has a decentralized organizational structure across four sites (Parnassus, ZSFG, VAMC and Mt. Zion) and 38 divisions. Authority and accountability for the Department rests with the Department Chair who heads the Parnassus and Mt. Zion sites, and also directs the Vice Chairs at the ZSFG and VAMC sites.

The Department has a dedicated team of Research Financial Analysts (RFAs). In conjunction with the services provided by the division administrators and their staff, the RFA is responsible for providing high–level financial analyses and management to a defined group of faculty for their portfolio of sponsored awards. The RFA serves as the faculty's single point of contact for research financial issues and ensures that faculty are provided with high quality, efficient, responsive, and responsible post–award research administration services.

The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate–level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. It is the only campus in the 10–campus UC system dedicated exclusively to the health sciences.

Required Qualifications

• Bachelor's degree in finance, accounting, economics, business or related area and / or 5 years equivalent experience / training in a financial management.
• Previous working experience in an academic environment
• Ability to manage significant volume of transactions.
• Ability to perform complex financial analysis and customized reporting
• Understand general fund accounting, purchasing, and budgeting, financial projection and business planning concepts
• Excellent computer skills and facility with using MS Excel (sorting, pivot tables, filtering, basic formulas)

• Demonstrated knowledge of generally accepted accounting, fiscal and reporting principles

• Demonstrated competence in the use of spreadsheet and database software in financial analysis, fiscal management and financial reports
• Independent judgment and strong organization and communication skills and customer service focus across broad and diverse subject areas

Preferred Qualifications

• Thorough understanding of research administration guidelines of federal and non–federal sponsors supporting research and educational activities, preferably in a university environment
• Thorough knowledge of applicable compliance requirements related to use of human or animal subjects in research, financial conflict of interest, biosafety, etc.
• Maintains current knowledge of compliance regulations in all areas of research administration